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Old 09-21-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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Rubber roof?

I am in my third year of owning my first RV, and it occurred to me yesterday as I was passing an Airstream on the highway that many of the chronic problems on an RV can be traced to the common rubber roof an/or the connection to the sidewalls or slide leading to water intrusion.

I get that the aluminum construction found on an Airstream is much more expensive, but is the rubber roof the most cost effective roofing system available? It seems there are many polymer type solutions with lengthy warranties, Rhino Shield types, and others solutions for replacing a rubber roof that should be inexpensive and better. These seem to be a tougher, longer lasting roofing system that seemingly would be a better solution in new construction.

What am I missing? Or is it that the RV industry simply wants to not spend an additional dime to improve their product?

PS: I am lucky in that I have not had leaking issues YET.
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A penny saved is a penny earned. You are correct on your assumption. Doing one of your mentioned option would be cost effective only to the consumer, not the manufacturer.
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Well, if that is the case I think there is a great opportunity out there for a better built product at a mid tier price. I would pay extra for A bullet proof roof, better wheels and axles, and a top performing slide, etc. many others would as well.
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For what my 5er cost, all that should have been included.
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I has been done better my last rv an Excel had a full fiberglass roof. That being said you still have to cut holes in it and keep up with sealant maintenace
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I wonder if anyone ever put spray-on bedliner on camper roof. That stuff is really rugged.
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Been done by a few companies. Rhino Linings Corporation | Rhino Linings Corporation News - Coatings Company Press
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They could probably do it in any color to match the RV too. I know when I got my Line-X bed done, I could have had it sprayed to match the truck.
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A penny saved is a penny earned. You are correct on your assumption. Doing one of your mentioned option would be cost effective only to the consumer, not the manufacturer.
Does anyone know the comparative costs of the rubber roof vs. a Rhino Shield type coating? I can't imagine the cost would be that different, and again, I thing it would be a better roofing solution.
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I has been done better my last rv an Excel had a full fiberglass roof. That being said you still have to cut holes in it and keep up with sealant maintenace
I was at a campground a while back and had squirrels scampering on my roof. Had to do a roof inspection to see if they tore the thin rubber membrane. Hard fiberglass sounds GREAT. I had great confidence in my fiberglass boat's ability to keep out water, even after drilling and sealing a few holes in the hull.
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